Fantastic view of iconic venues of Melbourne from the staff lunch room. MCG on the right and St Patrick cathedral on the left.
We had just finished dinner last Friday, and was settling down at home for some coffee when we heard the news. Karina Wong, an erstwhile pocket dynamite of a lady with a perpetual flame of passion for our Lord, had passed on. The rest of the evening was sombre and it took us a little while to come to terms with the news.
The next day after lunch Tress and I went to see Jimmy her husband at their home. The children were there too. Jimmy looked tired and very sad.
Karina had been in a wheel chair for the last few years, after coming down with an MS like condition which also involved a partially degenerative brain. She lost mobility and in recent months, had also lost her speech and her vision was almost non-existent. Yet through it all she had a passion for God like no one I know. Through it all Jimmy was always by her side, attending to her every need.
On Saturday night at a dinner in Jason’s home, we all remembered her. We shared our fondest and most distinct memory of her and the impact she had on our lives. It would be a dinner I will remember for a very long time.
On Sunday in church we specifically remembered her again and many – men and women – cried unreservedly. She was someone you wanted to hug and greet for the love she has shown – to you and all around her.
Tomorrow we’ll bid her farewell. How we will all miss her. Goodbye Karina. See you again on God’s celestial shore.